The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Surviving May

We have been in survival mode for the month of May. So much that must be done, we hardly have time for sleep. However, Monday morning the 31st we are leaving it all behind for a week in the Smoky Mountains.  We are striving hard and keeping our eyes on the vacation goal.

Jerome has been working like crazy on our rental house. Our desire is to sell it, but if not, we can rent again. He has had new carpet put in, new floor in the kitchen and main bathroom, remodeling the bathroom to include a new shower enclosure and painting throughout. It is looking awesome. Since he doesn't have anymore time to take off work, he leaves the house right after a quick breakfast, works on the house and then heads to work -- getting home around 11:30pm. He is tired, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. The kids and I have been to the house to help when we can, cleaning, painting or mowing, but Jerome is doing the lion's share of work.

Mary is 13 now, bringing our teenage count up to three. We took her cake and presents to the rental house and had a picnic on that new floor.

She chose caramel cheesecake. I think it might be a new family favorite.

In the middle of all our doin's Riane returned from her trip to Journey of the Heart. We did not have an extra digital camara to send with her, but she did receive a couple of pictures from a friend.

She came back closer to the Lord and full of spirit. It is inspiring us all to walk closer and deeper.

Monday, May 17, 2010

We have been BUSY!

We have been so busy that time to blog has been pretty low on my list. So, get a cup of coffee and sit back -- this might take a few minutes.

Braydon's team earned a second place at the Regional Bible Quiz in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

He was excited!

This was his first year to be involved with teen Bible quizzing and he loved it. This regional quiz involved a two night stay over with the team. He is so pumped he has already started studying for the next quiz year on the book of John. He is hoping to quiz so well he can earn his place on more traveling teams.

Getting Braydon back from quizzing and it was time for Mother's Day. My kids were so wonderful. They had been working for awhile. They would cover things up before I came downstairs and rope me into trips to the Dollar Tree.

On Mother's Day, Jerome delivered a cup of coffee to my bedside and told me that I couldn't come out until someone came for me. It took a LONG time. But here is what was going on:

The Grand Mother's Day Breakfast Buffet! It was a lot of food and it was delicious.

One of our new friends from church was able to come home from Iraq for two weeks. He is now back in Iraq and we are back to praying for him. Before he left we had a great cookout with the crew.

Before we could get our heads on straight, May 15th came upon us. Riane left for a young ladies retreat called Journey to the Heart. It is ten days "Where the Christian life becomes real. A journey to learn how to love God with all her heart, soul, mind and strength with no competing affections." We were so excited for her to take this trip. However, it is ten days and we are not talking with her every day -- she is getting alone with Lord.


Good Bye!

She's Gone.

Since we were in Dayton and Mary's birthday is coming up on Tuesday, we decided to take the family fun birthday trip that we do instead of presents. We found a nice park for a picnic lunch, walking, football and fishing.

Fishing with kids involves a lot of untangling.

On Sunday evening a group from our church went to see a dinner theater production of "Church Basement Ladies".  I was persuaded to go -- and it was a great evening. Jerome stayed home with our kids and a few more so some Moms could attend.

He kept the kids busy outside.

And after a good dinner and some play time in the basement -- they settled down for a movie and to wait for the moms to come home.

I look back over all of this activity and can't believe that it has only been 9 days! In between, Jerome has been updating our rental house with fresh paint and new floors, and he is teaching Sunday School and trying to keep everything working around here. Around the chaos, I have been teaching school and keeping everyone fed.

This is pretty much our pace until the end of May and then we are off for a week in the Smoky Mountains. A quiet time with the family to re-charge. I can't wait.

We almost forgot, but in the middle of it all, we passed a milestone.

Twenty three years.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

MY Plans

Some days just don't turn out the way we plan them.

On Saturday my 3 lovely maidens and I headed out for a mother/daughter brunch at church.

The rain played on the windows as we ate a southern brunch and watched the local dance company perform.

Meanwhile, our men (who got up too early for anyone to dream of taking a picture), went fishing in a pouring down rainstorm.  Jerome discovered that he could not dance on a log and fell in the lake ... twice. A couple of hours later he pulled out his forgotten and now soggy cell phone.

All of which changed MY plan for Monday, since we now needed a new cell phone. I drove one hour to the closest store and waited. Have you ever noticed that cell phone stores are akin to a Dr.'s office? A nice lady greets you and asks your problem and then tells you to wait. At least this one served coffee.  Although MY plans were thwarted -- I came home with two new cell phones and basically no money out of pocket.

I remember glancing at all the rain we were getting and thinking, "This is probably the leftovers from that terrible flood in Tennessee." Ah, indeed. In fact the condo we had booked for a conference the first week of June was on the news with the Coast Guard in boats hauling people out of there. I called the condo line and asked about my week in June -- umm --sorry no guests, but we will give all your points back. Well, I still had no accommodations for the conference, since we are owners in the condo we do all business through points, which means if I stay somewhere else I have to come up with more money in the budget.

Away went MY plans for the next morning, as I gazed at a computer screen trying to find a points dealing condo within driving distance for that particular week so we could salvage a vacation. I called the condo line back and asked for help -- instead of 4 nights in a two bedroom for the conference, I ended up with six nights in a three bedroom in the Smoky Mountains.

For this week, I am kind of glad that MY plans did not turn out my way. Sometimes the plans we make for ourselves fall all apart and we aren't so happy with the results. Many times I have disappointed people, lost money or just ended up miserable because I pushed forward with MY plans.

In reality, plans are necessary -- we can't always fly by the seat of our pants. I am learning not to plan more carefully, but to plan more prayerfully and allow the Lord to change MY plans. It is hard, and I am slow. I am learning to be more malleable and look forward to whatever adventure God has planned for me.

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9